To whomever reads this far in the thread with respect to the AbiWord help files: Problem Solved
I ran an strace to run AbiWord. After opening I pressed F1 to run the top level help file. As jong357 already noted, AbiWord looks for a local copy of the help files at /usr/share/abiword-2.6/Abiword/help
. The slacky.eu package installs the help files at /usr/share/abiword-2.6/help
I created a soft link and then AbiWord found the local helps files just fine.
ln -s /usr/share/abiword-2.6/help /usr/share/abiword-2.6/AbiWord/help
Long term solution: Modify the build script or create a doinst.sh script to perform the above two commands, which I have done.
Caveat, the new directory name is case-sensitive. Be sure to create the new directory as AbiWord
, not Abiword or abiword. I did not pay attention to this minor detail and spent a good long 10 minutes staring at my monitor muttering....